Title: Fifty Shades Freed
Author: E L James
Genre: Fiction (Romance/Erotica)
Publisher: Arrow Books
Distributor, South Africa: Random House
Recommended Selling Price: R125.00 (South Africa)
ISBN number: 978-0-09-957994-6
One doesn’t get through all three books of a trilogy if one doesn’t enjoy them (unless, of course, one is a particularly strange masochist, which is always possible). I have thoroughly enjoyed them.
There is much that is wrong with these books. The detractors of the Fifty Shades series point that out, often at length. The reality is that they are fun, fluffy and slightly naughty. The hero is super good looking, young and very, very rich. The heroine is naïve, bright, innocent and has an inner goddess who talks to her.
The final book in the series owes more to the thriller than the erotica genre. All the ends are tied up – no, that is not a deliberate pun. True bondage lovers are going to have to look elsewhere for their fix. Everything ends well and the couple live happily ever after. That’s not really a spoiler. We all knew from the outset that this was the only possible outcome. There was no way that Ana was going to settle for a poor, middle-class boy who would be content with sex twice a week, in the dark and without any spankings. What was in it for Christian is a bit murkier, but then love stories aren’t about real men anyway. Very satisfying the end is too. Society will approve.
Whether this series is worthy of the hype it is drawing or not is a moot point. The hype is out there. It is selling sex toys, sex classes, magazines (Cosmo is using it to hand out naughty sex tips) and even cooking classes! http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/01/cooking-class-inspired-by-fifty-shades-of-grey/
This series is truly the series of 2012 and those wanting to stay in touch with popular culture better get reading them. Those wanting to stay in touch with real life better read them with a pinch of salt. But read them one should.
The other two books in the series are Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.